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Writing High Quality Requirements

Writing requirements is hard. There is no simple, formulaic approach to software specification. Requirements management expert Karl Wiegers explains high-quality requirements begin with proper grammar, accurate spelling, well-constructed sentences, and a logical organization.

The highest priority when writing requirements should be ensuring that a product’s promise, functionality, appearance, and value are all clearly and effectively defined for a variety of stakeholders. And writing requirements plays a big role in that. This whitepaper, adapted from the book "More about Software Requirements", presents numerous style guidelines to keep in mind when writing functional requirements. 

Download this whitepaper to learn:  

  • Distinctive words that functional and non-functional requirements should contain 

  • Words to avoid when writing requirements and why  

  • How to write requirements in a hierarchical fashion 

  • The negative impact of ambiguous requirements  

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